Leschenault sting Redbacks

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Hay Park are still without a one-day victory after losing to Leschenault by 36 runs at Hay Park on Saturday.

Leschenault skipper Tom Buchanan won the toss and elected to bat despite heavy rain overnight.

The Hay Park pitch played well and openers Buchanan (30 runs) and Jarrad Quinn (17) started well, before Dylan Gordon (1-12 off four overs) trapped the latter lbw.

Redbacks skipper Jono Whitney (1-16 off 10 overs) then had Buchanan out, caught by Gordon, bringing together Matt Buchanan (31) and Kurt D’Agostino (61).

The experienced pair batted well, sharing a 76-run partnership which was eventually broken when Buchanan was run out.

Young Hay Park fast bowler Jack Charters returned for his second spell of the day and tore through the Green Caps’ middle order, removing Rhys Italiano (4), Jay Crossman (4) and James Letchford (3) to help the Redbacks hold Leschenault to 7/191 from their 50 overs.

The Redbacks’ innings started poorly when Letchford (2-14 off 10 overs) had young opening batsman Charlie Home out first ball of the innings, before Brody D’Agonstino made sure Whitney had little impact with the bat, having him caught for just 16 runs.

Letchford then had Jono Miller out for just one run, leaving Hay Park reeling at 3/16.

Young batsman Michael Tassone dug in for a solid 60-run knock, partnering with experienced wicketkeeper Ashley Sbizzirri (28) for a 65-run partnership.

But Michael Newman (3-28 off 7.4 overs) would bring Leschenault back into the game by removing Sbizzirri and Tom Scott (0) within three balls.

Matt Dodds (1-29 off 10 overs) stopped Marty Foster (10) from getting settled, while Reon Tither and Sean Bulman were both run out.

When Tassone was bowled by Brody D’Agostino, there was no resistance left from the Redbacks, who were bowled out for 155 in the 47th over.

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